Four CESSDA Working Groups have been agreed as advisory bodies to the Board of Directors and the Managing Director.
The CESSDA Trust Support Group consists of a core group of five persons representing five CESSDA Service Providers (SPs) with comprehensive experience with certification, and a wider group representing all CESSDA members and aspirant members. The goal of the activities of the group is to support and advise members and aspirant members in all trust issues (DSA, Annex 2 and more).
There are three core activities in this group:
This core group aims to monitor and advise on needs regarding technical services.
CESSDA’s technical infrastructure and services will be technology intensive but decentralised, requiring a common platform to ensure interoperability and an efficient and sustainable model for the future, as described by the CESSDA WG2 on Technical Services.
The technical framework outlined by the CESSDA Technical Framework Project currently at work distinguishes between general sets of common standards to follow and the more practical tools, tests and common repositories necessary to handle and guide everyday development work and to ensure that CESSDA has control over products. These general rules of best practice need to be maintained, kept up-to-date and in sync with CESSDA's needs.
In addition, future work needs to be planned and specified following CESSDA's general policies and priorities.
The new training group for CESSDA acts as an advisory body to the work of CESSDA Training and has three main functions:
Representatives from all SPs that offer trainings of any form are invited to this group.
This group will maximise the potential of the trainings offered by each SP and promote harmonisation and knowledge transfer amongst these SPs.
The need for close and effective collaboration between CESSDA Main Office and its national data service providers in terms of communication activities across CESSDA quickly became apparent, which led to the setting up a Communications Group.
The purpose of this group is ultimately to help deliver the vision and mission of CESSDA, and making the CESSDA collaboration more visible to its target audiences is a key part of that.
The Communications Group consists of one representative working in communications from each country that is a Member or an Observer that represent the CESSDA Service Provider(s) as well as other potential members of CESSDA. When such a person is not employed, the member of the group may also be a member of CESSDA’s Service Providers’ Forum (see Statutes, 06).
This group has already been active since the end of 2014, coordinated from the Main Office by the Senior Communications Officer, with its own Terms of Reference (ToR) already prepared and the CESSDA communication strategy shared within the group. The group communicate internally via a dedicated project in Basecamp.